New Horizons in Hepatitis B and C in the Older Adult

Linda Kemp, Kathleen E. Clare, Paul N. Brennan, John F. Dillon (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Hepatitis C (HCV) and hepatitis B (HBV), are blood-borne viruses that can cause acute hepatitis; but are clinically relevant because chronic infection is associated with development of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Both these viruses are becoming more common in the older population, due to the ageing of generations exposed to the risk factors associated with infection; intravenous drug use, multiple sexual partners and men who have sex with men. This review will cover the natural history and epidemiology of these infections as well as the revolution in drug therapy that now allows cure of HCV infection and complete control of HBV infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-37
Number of pages6
JournalAge and Ageing
Issue number1
Early online date31 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • cirrhosis
  • hepatitis B
  • hepatitis C
  • hepatocellular carcinoma
  • older people

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ageing
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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